Sharjah International Book Fair 2012

Showcasing Arabic authors – Enabling rights deals – Promoting international literature, SIBF translation fund

2011 saw the launch of the inaugural Professional Programme, designed for global audiences and aiming to facilitate the translation of titles in and out of Arabic. The Professional Programme includes a series of bespoke matchmaking sessions, networking events, educational programmes and access to the continuing $300,000 fund to provide translation grants.

The 2012 programme expects attendance Arab publishers and a range of professionals from the international Rights community, including rights professionals. The fair will also be attended by Arab authors, booksellers and wholesales, and key English Language book buyers from major institutions including libraries.

A host of international authors are attending the Sharjah International Book Fair to take part in talks and debates open to members of the public. Cookery demonstrations will also be taking place with chefs attending from all around the world.

Authors taking part include:

Kristiane Backer
Tony Cavanaugh
Louisa Ermelino
Gavin Esler
Liz Fenwick
Kimberley Freeman
Julia Gregson
Sally Grindley
Gareth P Jones
Robert Lacey
Bronwyn Parry
Nicky Pellegrino
Anne Sebba
Michael Marshall Smith
Ian Whybrow

Cooks taking part include:

Gerard Baker
Mridula Baljekar
Moro chefs, Sam and Sam Clark
Rose Prince
Amy Jo Riolo

More information about the Sharjah International Book Fair can be found at

About Sharjah International Book Fair

The Sharjah International Book Fair (7 – 17 November) is a premier opportunity to sell books, discover new writers, introduce new reading technologies, promote literacy and a love for the written word across UAE and the Arab World. It presents many opportunities for Arabic writers to be translated around the world and introduces many international authors to an Arabic audience.

2011 marked the 30th Anniversary of the Sharjah International Book Fair. The 10-day annual fair is a key event in the international publishing calendar which showcases more than 750 publishers from 42 nations and averages 400,000 visitors.